New Feature: Artist Video Feeds

Kicknote is happy to announce the release of the next step in our push towards the Artist Newsfeed.–the YouTube video feed. Kicknote now scans YouTube and automatically grabs new videos about your favorite artists and puts them right into their Kicknote profiles and your custom artist feed (if you have it set up).

If you haven’t set up your custom artist feed yet, you can set it up by either logging in or registering for Kicknote. Once logged in, you can have Kicknote read your iTunes and create a custom artist feed for you based on the artists in your iTunes. Your Kicknote Artist Feed will then provide you with a single place to find all the latest Twitter updates, Flickr photos, and YouTube videos from & about your favorite artists. It’s as simple as that!

New designs and layouts are currently in the works to accommodate our new features. Also, there are plenty more features on the way. Check back soon!

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New Feature: Artist Sites Categories/Filters

Here at Kicknote we’ve been hard at work to keep the site steadily evolving. A ton of stuff is currently being worked on behind the scenes (and it’s almost ready), but we’re trying to release little updates as often as possible to keep improving the user experience for you guys. Our latest update was adding categories & filters to the artist sites box (check out the screenshot). Now you can select one of seven categories (artist updates, videos/pics, streaming music, tix/concerts, get music/merch, bio/info, & social networks), and Kicknote will show you which of the artist’s sites have what you’re looking for. This is especially helpful if you’re not exactly sure what some of the sites “do,” or you’ve never heard of them before.

A full artist profile redesign is on the way, which will include a more robust version of categories/filters, a new layout, and an artist-specific newsfeed of real-time updates, among other things.

Lots of great new features will be out soon, so be sure to check back often!

Comments/suggestions are always welcome: comments@kicknote.com

New Feature Release: Kicknote Newsfeed

Kicknote newsfeed (basic)We are happy to announce the release of the Kicknote Newsfeed. This feature allows users to create customized feeds of information about their favorite artists right on Kicknote.com. Currently the feed only supplies Twitter updates, but more information sources are being added very shortly. Soon, you will be able to see new photos, videos, concert dates, blog posts, and more, from over 50 sites, all nicely organized in one place. Staying up to date on your favorite artists has never been easier!

How it works:

  1. Sign in OR create your Kicknote account
  2. Find your favorite artist’s profile on Kicknote
  3. Click “add to feed” on the left side.
  4. Repeat for all of your favorite artists

You can access your own custom feed by clicking “my account” in the header whenever you are signed in. Only artists with Twitter accounts will show up in your feed right now, but don’t be afraid to add artists without Twitter– you’ll be able to see all kinds of other updates from them soon.

We have plenty more features currently in the works, and look for the Newsfeed to expand and evolve very rapidly over the coming weeks.

There’s lots of great stuff happening at Kicknote right now, so check back often to see all the progress we’ve made and stay up to date on your favorite artists!

As always, we’d love to hear your opinions on the new features at feedback@kicknote.com

Also, don’t forget to check out the Kicknote Charts to see who’s hot this week!

21 Albums You Should Own

The RaconteursHere are some random albums we highly recommend for anyone in need of some tunes to jam out to. Yeah, some are live albums and that doesn’t really count, but whatever, they’re still good.

Any one of these albums can definitely be played from start to finish without disappointment, so if you’re looking for good tunes and you haven’t heard of something on this list, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Kicknote Charts: Week 4

KN_Gold_RecordThe fourth week of Kicknote Charts was another big success. We have some newcomers in the top 3 this week, as well as one repeat winner. The top three artists this week were: When Bears Attack!, Backdrop, and Justin Bieber.

When Bears Attack! is a young screamo band out of Illinois. New on the charts, the band had a very strong showing throughout the week. They only have one song out right now, so single to check out is “If I Had Eyes, Manhattan Could Fly.”

Backdrop made their way onto the charts for the second time this week, coming in as the second place finisher. The three-piece alt/rock/pop band out of Iowa has several shows coming up around Iowa City in the coming weeks, so check out their websites for the dates. Single to check out: “Almost Over.”

And finally, we have the new up-and-coming young artist Justin Bieber. Bieber released his latest single, “One Less Lonely Girl,” last week, which garnered him a lot of attention and helped propel him up the Kicknote Charts. The 15 year-old pop singer has a deal with Island Records, and is set to release his first full-length album in November. Single to check out: “One Time.”

Congratulations to all of our artists. Check back to see who’s topping the charts this week!

Kicknote feud with Ron Browz

Kicknote has officially decided to begin a feud with hip-hop recording artist Ron Browz because we hate his music. We let “Arab Money” slide, but after “20 Dollarz” we can no longer stand idly by. The feud will only come to an end when Ron Browz pays us twenty dollars for making such ridiculous music. We’ll be waiting for that check, Ron. (But Paypal works too.)

Kicknote Expert Hunt

Are you passionate and opinionated about music?

ExpertHuntKicknote.com is looking for experts in various areas of music to voice their opinions in the music community. Candidates should have an in-depth knowledge of their chosen genre(s) and a strong passion for music, as well as excellent written communication skills.

To start, selected experts will have the opportunity to write occasional blog posts about various topics within their genre, such as which album(s) best represent the genre, what new bands are worth paying attention to, concert reviews, etc. These posts will be featured on Kicknote’s Official Company Blog. In addition, it will be these experts’ job to make sure the Kicknote database is up to date with all the latest bands and sites in their given genre.

Think you have what it takes? To apply, send a 200 word sample of your writing on the topic “Your favorite album and why” to rob.hicks@kicknote.com